A Look Back, June 10

Published: 06-09-2024 11:01 PM

50 Years Ago

■Northampton Junior College, which ceased operating last summer, will auction off its remaining property June 12 and 13. The properties remaining are: the Heywood building, the Hampshire building, Founder’s Hall, and the admissions building, all on Pleasant Street, and the former Rahar’s Inn on Old South Street.

■The Easthampton Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the appointment of Phyllis Moryto Griffith as executive secretary. She will replace Catherine Boucher who recently submitted her resignation. Mrs. Griffith is a native of Easthampton. Since 1941 she has held several positions in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., for the federal and Maryland governments.

25 Years Ago

■By mid-August, the old fire station on Masonic Street will stand empty. Debate about the next use of the building is already under way. Ward 1 City Councilor William H. Dwight said he favors a proposal to sell the station to a developer with the condition that the building not be demolished and that its appearance be preserved.

■A local growers cooperative will begin to sell food to state food banks, under a new contract that will benefit local farmers and low-income residents. The Pioneer Valley Growers Association in Whately, which distributes the produce of 70 area farms to supermarkets throughout New England, will begin selling roughly $211,000 in produce annually to four in-state food banks.

10 Years Ago

■MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts’ first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800 million project in Springfield. MGM, which owns the Mirage, Bellagio, MGM Grand and other casinos, is the lone operator standing in a once-crowded field.

■The federal government has added the two main rail trails that snake through Northampton to its list of national recreation trails. The MassCentral Rail Trail, also known as the Norwottuck, and the New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail, referred to as the Manhan, are among 21 trails in 11 states to earn the designation from the U.S. Department of the Interior.